Mexico give Irish lesson ahead of Euro qualifiers
Ireland U-19 0 Mexico U-20 2
ANOTHER defeat by Mexico at Dalymount Park yesterday confirmed the scale of the task facing Paul Doolin's charges in the forthcoming elite stage qualifiers for the U-19 European Championship finals.
As the Ireland boss openly acknowledged afterwards, the South Americans were "fitter, stronger and quicker" than their Irish counterparts, who are less than a fortnight away from their competitive fixtures against Turkey, Iceland and reigning champions Serbia.
Throw in the fact that Sheffield United midfielder Connor Dimaio, one of only two players in yesterday's Irish team to sample first-team action this season, is ruled out of those three games due to concussion and the outlook appears even bleaker.
Six minutes into the second half, the inevitable opener arrived courtesy of Diego Gama and Diego Pineda added the second on 78 minutes. Sam Byrne and Mexico substitute Daniel Rios were sent off in the second half for late challenges.
IRELAND – Bossin (Anderlecht); Baba (Fulham), McFadden (Norwich City), Cleary (Liverpool), Barnett (Brighton); Crowe (UCD), Dimaio (Sheff Utd); Kelly (Reading), Hallahan (West Brom), Byrne (Manchester United); O'Sullivan (Aberdeen). Subs: Mulroney (St Patrick's Ath) for Dimaio (18), O'Hanlon (Liverpool) for Hallahan (h/t), O'Halloran (Fulham) for O'Sullivan (63), Long (Reading) for Baba (69), Mosley (Birmingham City) for Barnett (80).